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This highly influential cult classic from writer-director Jack Hill (Switchblade Sisters, Foxy Brown) tells the demented and darkly comic tale of the Merrye children -- Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), Virginia (Jill Banner) and Ralph (Sid Haig)-- all of whom suffer from a rare genetic malady that causes its victims to mentally regress to a condition of "pre-human savagery and cannibalism."
The children live in the old family mansion, and though under the cautious guardianship of chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.), they manage to terrorize anyone or anything which passes through the gates. So when the family is visited by a pair of distant relatives and their greedy lawyer, a wild night of murderous thrills ensues.
Dark Sky Films proudly presents the Director's Cut of Spider Baby, transferred and restored in High Definition from the original 35mm negative under the personal supervision of Jack Hill and featuring previously lost footage, rounded out with never-before-seen featurettes created.
Bonus Features Include:
Feature length-commentary with writer-director Jack Hill and actor Sid Haig
"The Hatching of Spider Baby" (32 min featurette)
"Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein" (11 min featurette)
"The Merrye House Revisited" (8 min featurette)
Alternate Opening Title Sequence ("Cannibal Orgy")
What a great movie !!! Stumbled across it on TCM. I wonder how I ever missed seeing it before! It was well worth buying! I would have given it a higher rating if I could. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Bennett
Arrived on time. Great opening score, weird and campy horror, young Sid Haig... what's not to love.Published 4 months ago by Matt
This is an excellent example of late 60s horror. The first kill happens fast, with minimal gore, but it is committed so nonchalantly by Emily the mentally regressed "Spider... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
It's Spider Baby, a cult classic that really is a cult classic. I don't know how shocking you will find it in today's world, but it's just so weird I love it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Schlitze
I have no idea how this movie flew under my radar for so long?? As a lifelong horror movie fan, I feel like I've seen it all, from the old Universal Monsters to current flicks like... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Girod
Over the years I've gotten burned by many of the underground horror movies that have been released on DVD and/or Blu-ray. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. McClellan
An imaginative twist on the "old dark house" theme, this film is a funny and disturbing bit of rural horror that will please fans of the genre, especially if you enjoy films like... Read morePublished 15 months ago by TLR
When a film opens up with a raspy-voiced Lon Chaney, Jr. ardently singing the title song, it almost comes with a guarantee of a weird trip ahead. Read morePublished 18 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
I first saw a scene from this in a VHS compilation tape called "Horrible Horror" about "really bad" horror films. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Kenny